Time, weather and traffic will eventually erode your asphalt pavement. Over time, expect your asphalt driveway to develop cracks, to crumble apart and have potholes. When you hire an asphalt contractor in Edmonton, you have several asphalt repair options to pick from. Which are they?
Cracks in your asphalt driveway occur because asphalt expands in the heat. If asphalt cracks are not dealt with, they will spread across your driveway.
To fill an asphalt crack, first dirt has to be removed from it. At Blacktop Paving, we do this by either a wire or a brush. Then, using a hose or high pressured water, we flush out any remaining dirt from the crack. Once that is done, we prepare a tubed asphalt patch and carefully pour it into the crack. With the mixture set in, we smoothen it and bring the patch to the same level as the asphalt driveway.
A pothole may happen due to moisture collecting on the surface, along with the constant pressure of vehicles. Moisture may come from either the ground or collect on the surface due to rain.
The first step for pothole repair that Blacktop Paving undertakes is to clean the area. A pothole contains dust, dirt, small stones and loose asphalt debris. We use a brush and high pressure water to clean the pothole area. After that, we prepare an asphalt patch and pour the material into the hole. A 2 inch base is set so that the asphalt patch sets in properly. The patch is smoothened out and brought to the same level as the asphalt driveway.
Asphalt overlays are perfect for large asphalt areas such as a municipal or commercial parking lot. An asphalt overlay essentially strips away the top layer of the asphalt and replaces it with a fresh asphalt layer.
An asphalt overlay is usually used to extend the life of a 5 to 10 year old parking lot. It’s an affordable option in comparison to repaving.
When the asphalt driveway is crumbling and no amount of repair would extend its life, you choose asphalt repaving. For asphalt repaving, we remove all layers of the asphalt and rebuild it from scratch.
The professional asphalt contractor will recommend the best option for you. Asphalt repair should not be delayed as it will lead to further degradation of your pavement or driveway.
You can reach out to Blacktop Paving if you wish to hire a professional asphalt contractor. You will discover that we come with experience and have a long list of recommendations.